Celebrating The Brando’s 4th anniversary with sustainable luxury in Tetiaroa Private Island



On Sunday, July 1st,The Brando’s fourth anniversary was celebrated. The date of the resort’s opening, July 1st of 2014, was chosen as a tribute to Marlon BRANDO on the 10th anniversary of his death. Every year on this date, the team commemorates and celebrates the achievement of a lifetime with the creation of the resort. A va’a (traditional outrigger canoe) race was organized among the staff members, with a special musical celebration on the beach for our guests including coconut cocktails and an anniversary cake. Mauruuru roa to all our guests, partners and staff members for making The Brando experience possible!



The Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa at The Brando is nominated in the 2018 World Spa Awards for
✓ French Polynesia’s Best Resort Spa 2018
✓ World’s Best Private Island Spa 2018
✓ World’s Best Spa Design 2018


In June, Michelin-starred Chef Guy Martin visited our culinary team in order to officially introduce the new menu available at the fine dining venue Les Mutinés by Guy Martin. Working closely with the Executive Chef Cédrik Ollivault, Chef Guy Martin visits the resort annually to ensure the cuisine meets his standards and culinary style, and also welcomes The Brando’s culinary team members in Le Grand Véfour, Paris, for training.



Four years ago, apiculturist Stéphane BROUTTIER was called by the resort to install beehives. With 15 beehives installed on motu Onetahi (where the resort is located), the first harvest collected 73,3 kilos of honey. Today, there are 40 beehives on motu Hiraanae, 3 on motu Reiono and 5 on motu Onetahi next to the honey farm and vegetable garden. Tetiaroa’s honey is dark and offers a strong taste, due to the local kahaia, mikimiki, and coconut palm tree flowers. The honey harvested on motu Reiono is a lighter shade because of the different flowers available on-site: the pu’atea (pisonia grandis). The latest harvest that happened in June was 375 kilos and is the current record. This high productivity can be explained by the quality of the local flowers, but also the total lack of stress and pollution for the bees.
The honey harvesting process takes place every other month, while the apiculturist comes once a month to check on the beehives and their residents as the queen bees are raised on site. Each beehive welcomes a queen bee and from 30,000 to 40,000 bees. For now, we do not know yet if the best optimization was reached on the utilization of the beehives. Since the atoll offers limited space, a productivity threshold should be reached at some point, when the production will start stagnating or decreasing.



Tetiaroa Society hosted author John Hoover this month, who was on the island to photograph fish for a Tetiaroa Fish Identification App. John has written two books on Hawaiian fish and created apps for other sites around the world. The fish ID app will be free for all guests of The Brando, and it will have all of the fish that anyone is likely to see while snorkeling or diving here.
This is all part of Tetiaroa Society’s mission to inform guests about the natural and cultural heritage of the island. The plan is that this fish app will be followed by more on Tetiaroa’s plants and terrestrial animals. Pictured: Lemonpeel Angelfish, Centropyge flavissima.



Discover the four new exclusive Brando Suites Bora Bora, open at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in partnership with The Brando. Facing the majestic Mount Otemanun these unique luxurious overwater suites offer unparalleled views of Bora Bora’s main island and turquoise lagoon.